Updated: Aug 27, 2020
5 reasons women (in fact everyone) should take up kayaking
Paddling is a versatile sport. Whether you choose to paddle solo, with a partner or in groups, there’s always something for all ages and abilities. Not convinced enough? Here’ 5 reasons why you should be on the water with us:
1. Full body workout
Kayaking is a fabulous workout. Not only it help improve cardiovascular fitness, it will help increase muscle strength, particularly the arms, shoulders, chest and back area from moving the paddle. It also help develop stronger core and leg muscles mainly from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your leg. This helps prevent back pain and helps improve balance and enhances mobility. Even the most leisurely paddle will give you a good aerobic workout and much more fun than going to the gym!
2. Improves mental health
Kayaking has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health. Whether it’s battling the crazy rapids or drifting along the calm waters, kayaking is a way to de-stress. Being by the water helps you relax and unwind by clearing the mind. For some it can be a temporary distraction from a problem or when facing difficult times.
3. Learn new skill
Learning a new stroke or trying to understand certain movements engages the brain cells. This stimulates the neurons and helps us become better learners. Being able to successfully perform a newly acquired skill changes the assumption of what you are capable of and gives you a sense of achievement. Plus, having a variety of skills and interests will make you a more interesting person - a great way to build confidence and positive self-image. So just embrace being a complete newbie and get out of your comfort zone.
4. Connect with nature
The moment you set your kayak in the water, you become aware of your surroundings. From feeling the wind on your face to observing wildlife as you float by, each experience make us humble and remind us to appreciate the natural world. Moreover, kayaking allows you to explore the natural landscapes without impacting the environment. I creates a sense of respect and responsibility to the outdoors, which are transferable to relationship among us humans.
5. Building comradery
Kayaking can be a great social bonding activity which promotes the idea of unity, non-judgement and compassion. Building a strong community of women paddlers would help us to understand gender specific needs when it comes to fitting gears or developing a lesson plan that would benefit the female crowd. It also provide a platform for women to share stories, develop friendships and inspire one another to be better at paddling and in life.
To put a cherry on top, kayaking involves a lot of fun! Which is why the courses are free and we do it voluntarily. Here at Kayak Kaki, we want the girls, ladies and women out there to feel welcome on the water. We are passionate to help you return to the water or try it for the first time. So what are you waiting for?